Nurturing Your Space

Removing Crayon From a Wall: Which Method Is Best

I live with an artist. Yes, Maddie was blessed with the gift of imagination and creativity. So much of it that it cannot be contained within her mind but has to be released through the her body and coloring utensil onto the paper. Her artwork is created with great gusto. Hard lines, soft lines, shapes, and meaningful blobs — she does them all. All this creativity and art sometimes cannot be contained on a simple piece of paper. Sometimes the work moves her so much that her little hands find themselves creating masterpieces on my wall. (more…)

Cleaning Products on a Budget

After my daughter was born, my cleaning routine changed. This happened for several reasons. First, cleaning products are expensive! I am always on a budget, and I resented putting money toward such things. Second, my mom and grandma were helping me with newborn Story, and they showed me a different way of cleaning. Third, the idea of having unknown chemicals so close to my daughter’s skin (on the floor when she started crawling, in the bathtub, etc.) made me break out in hives. She’s a thumbsucker! If she touched the residue of any of those toxic cleaning products, it would immediately find its way into her mouth. So I changed my ways and have been cleaning-product-related-hive-free ever since!

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How to Tie a Christmas Tree to Your Car

Christmas Tree on Car topLadies, it is time to change our mindset on the difficulty of tying a Christmas tree to a car. Have you ever experienced discussing a topic with a man who makes something seem really difficult and stressful, but when you try it out, it couldn’t be simpler? This is one of those experiences. Check out this site for example. Detailed. Thorough. A really good tutorial on how to tie a Christmas tree to your car. Here’s the thing. When tying a Christmas tree to your car, all you need is some good rope, a little bit of patience, and some common sense. (more…)

Caulking: Forget Pinterest and Save Your Walls

My house was in dire need of caulking. The existing caulk was cracking, leaving gaping holes allowing moisture in and mold to take over. It was unsightly and not doing its job. Forever a penny-pincher, I did my research on Pinterest for every hack available. It seemed like an easy job, which I was sure meant that there would be great money-saving ideas to be found. Find them, I did. I bought one tube of caulk from Walmart and one 99 cent ice tray from Goodwill. I was going to attack this project with what I was fondly calling my Fire-and-Ice approach.

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Fixing a Garbage Disposal

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Yes, it’s shockingly loud when grinding. Yes, it could chew up your hand in seconds. Yes, it has been featured in horror movies. But all that aside, when your garbage disposal stops working, you don’t have to immediately shell out the big bucks to get it fixed. Take a shot at it yourself first. If you take the proper precautions (never, ever put your hand down into the disposal), you needn’t be terrified of the monster-like tool. We’ll take a look at a couple of scenarios, requiring different fixes.

First, answer this: When you turn on the disposal, does it make any noise?

If no, then you’ll 20150422_194436need to get down and dirty (if your kitchen floor is like mine). Grab a flashlight and look at the unit under the sink. Most disposals will have a red reset button on the bottom. If it’s popped out, push it back in and try to run the unit. (Note: Always run water while running the disposal.) If the reset worked, high-five! If not, you’ll want to check a couple of other things: Is the disposal plugged in? Don’t roll your eyes. It happens! All good there? Then move to the circuit breaker and see if it has been tripped. If not, and this troubleshooting didn’t work, you might just have to call in some help. The unit may need to be replaced.

If the disposal makes a humming noise, turn it off immediately. It could be jammed, and running the disposal when the blades aren’t able to move can burn out the motor, requiring a bigger fix (and cost). Next, turn off the circuit that powers the disposal at the breaker box. Grab the flashlight and take a look into the disposal. You have kids; it’s highly likely that something that shouldn’t be in there will someday show up in there. If that foreign something is in there now, use a pair of tongs to remove it. Again, never, ever put your hand into the garbage disposal. Run the unit. Did it work? Yeah? High-five! No? Don’t fret. We have something else to try.

Hit the ground and use your flashlight to look at the unit under the sink. Do you see a wrench attached to the unit? If not, you’ll need to get an Allen wrench, a small, hexagonal, L-shaped bar. 20150422_201800

Place the wrench into the hole on the bottom of the unit. Flex your mama muscles and turn the wrench clockwise and then counterclockwise, back and forth until you can feel it give way. Turn the power back on and run the unit. (You may need to use the reset button.) Bask in the glory of your success, and you’re done.8544920483_60f0e066ee_z